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ERC Support Scheme

Source of Funding:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology is receiving proposals under the ERC Support Scheme. The Scheme aims to strengthen the opportunities for talented researchers to obtain grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for excellent and ground-breaking research based on researchers’ own ideas within all areas of research. The Scheme is divided into two options:

Option A: Mentoring initiative

The mentoring initiative will support potential ERC applicants by helping to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice.

Option B: Proposal writing trainings

The objective of this activity is to raise the capabilities of potential ERC candidates to prepare successful ERC grant applications through attending ERC proposal writing training (online or physical).

The call will be open until 12.00 CET (noon) of Friday, 20th August 2021.

For more information, kindly see the documents below and/or contact Lili Kankaya by email to lili.vasileva@gov.mt

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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2021 COMMERCIALISATION VOUCHER PROGRAMME CALL

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The Malta Council for Science and Technology is inviting new applications for funding under the FUSION Commercialisation Voucher Programme.

The call opens on the 9th July 2021 and the deadline is midnight on the 20th August 2021.

The Commercialisation Voucher Programme is another instrument aimed at bridging the existing gap in the R&I framework as well as improving the overall development and commercialization potential of innovative ideas.

This Programme is to act as a demand side measure and entice user driven innovation, with the ultimate aim of increasing research, technological development and innovation activities, which can eventually be implemented in industry.

The Vouchers are primarily intended to assist prospective applicants of the FUSION Technology Development Programme in order to prepare themselves better in terms of project proposal and validation. In some cases it may also assist beneficiaries of previous or current R&I Programmes as well as projects funded through the European Programmes.

Submission, evaluation and selection of application will be in the form of a one-stage process in which a legal representative of the applicant will be asked to submit all the necessary information, to enable a decision on acceptance or rejection.

The Commercialisation Vouchers are subject to a Scientific Evaluation and priority will be given to the Smart Specialisation Areas. State Aid rules apply. Interested parties should submit their application form electronically to voucher.mcst@gov.mt with “CVP 2021 Call  Application” as a subject.

The Application must be dated, signed and initialised (stamped or signed) on each page by the legal representative. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the timely dispatch of the application to the Council.

It should be noted that emails larger than 6MB shall be automatically rejected by the system. File sharing software are limited to WeTransfer or drobox. All received applications shall be acknowledged by email or in writing. Note to applicant:

  • The application form follows a pre-determined editable pdf template with fixed font and margin size
  • Altering the parameters of the template will automatically lead to disqualification. Text should not exceed the printable area of the text boxes.
  • Annex I is to be used to include a clear diagrammatic representation of how the project will go beyond the state-of-the-art. Annex I should be stamped or signed by the applicant and scanned together with the application form.
  • Annex 2 is to be used to include a reference list with full citations for each item. Annex 2 should be stamped or signed by the applicant and scanned together with the application form.
  • Additional information pertaining to guidelines, rules, procedures and the application form can be found in the documents attached with this call

Download the rules for participation and application forms from the below link:

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Smart and Sustainable Investment Scheme 2021

Source of Funding:

  •  To assist companies in kick-starting the investment cycle after the pandemic
  • To signal the policy direction in terms of new economic niches which the country intends to develop in line with the European Green Deal
  • Incisive aid intensity in the form of cash grants up to €50,000
  • Additional 20% support in the form of tax credits
 
The cash grant will be increased in the following instances:
  •  Investments made in Gozo,
  • Investment made by start-up companies,
  • Investments which directly create new green jobs
 
More info to follow on the below link. 
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Strategic Digital and Health Technologies

Source of Funding:

The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in identified areas of strategic relevance. Like EIC Accelerator Open (Section II.3 of the EIC Work Programme 2021), the EIC Accelerator Challenges focus on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).

The EIC Accelerator Challenges is open to innovations in the specific fields of technology or application described by the specific challenges in sections III.3.1 and III.3.2 of the EIC Work Programme 2021. However, innovations that harm the environment or social welfare or that are designed primarily for military applications will not be supported.

You should apply to the EIC Accelerator Challenge – Strategic Digital and Health Technologies, if you believe that your company has the potential to be a global leader in developing strategic technologies in one of the following areas:

  • Digital technologies: devices, methods, systems as well as working principles, processes and standards1 which apply to the ICT technology industry such as advanced high performance computing, edge computing, quantum technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, block-chain, cloud infrastructure technologies and technologies for the Internet of Things
  • Healthcare technologies: AI-driven tools for early diagnosis; point-of-care diagnostics; novel approaches in cell and gene therapy, in particular for cancer; development of novel biomarkers for clinical prognosis, patient stratification or monitoring purposes across a wide spectrum of disorders; bioprocessing 4.0 (digitalisation across stages of biodevelopment in biotech/biopharma industry); healthcare intelligence services; and e-health (including mobile health) solutions for healthcare systems, medical practice and Intensive Care Units.

For further information, please see the EIC Work Programme 2021


Horizon EURATOM 2021 Calls

Source of Funding:

On 7th July 2021 Euratom Programme will be launching the below 16 calls. Application deadline 7th October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time.

  1. European facility for nuclear research
  2. Support for Euratom national contact points
  3. Development of tritium management in fusion and fission facilities
  4. Harmonisation of licensing procedures, codes and standards for future fission and fusion plants
  5. European Partnership for research in radiation protection and detection of ionising radiation
  6. Towards a harmonised application of the international regulatory framework in waste management and decommissioning
  7. Support for the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform to address cross-sectoral challenges and non-power applications for ionising radiation
  8. Towards a European nuclear competence area
  9. Saftey of high tempreature reactors
  10. Safe use and reliable supply of medical radionuclides
  11. Multi-recycling of spent nuclear fuel from light water reactors (LWR)
  12. Safety of operating nuclear power plants and research reactors
  13. Cross-sectoral synergies and new applications of nuclear technologies
  14. Advanced structural materials for nuclear applications
  15. Socio-economic issues related to nuclear technologies
  16. Safety of advanced and innovative nuclear designs and fuels

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Technology Development Programme Call 2021

Source of Funding:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that it is currently receiving project proposals under the FUSION Technology Development Programme.

  • The call now closes Midnight of Monday 5th July 2021.
  • This call provides financial support for research, development and innovation preferably within the SMART Specialisation Areas identified in Malta’s National Research and Innovation Strategy 2020. The focus is on innovative research, knowledge transfer and establishing collaborations between (1) Public Entities and (2) Industry with the intention of commercialising the technology developed.
  • Kindly note, the application form has been altered. For applicants resubmitting their proposals, ensure that the necessary information is provided.
  • More information on this opportunity for funding, the eligibility criteria, the rules for participation and the application form, can be found in the link below.
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EIT Calls

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Please find here below a list of open EIT calls.

Patient Innovation Bootcamp - [EIT Health]
Timelines: Opening Date - 25 Jan 21, Deadline - 15 Jun 21
Target Group: Patients, Family, Teams that include at least one patient and or care giver who have developed an innovation solultion to deal with a limitation related to the personal health condition.
Links: https://eithealth.eu/patient-innovation-bootcamp/

Medtech Bootcamp - [EIT Health]
Timelines: Opening Date - 25 Jan 21, Deadline - 15 Jun 21
Target Group: Early Stage Start-ups
Links: https://eithealth.eu/medtech-bootcamp/

Start-up and SME Booster Call - [EIT Raw Materials]
Timelines: Opening Date - 01 Feb 21, Deadline - 28 May & 3 Sep  21
Target Group: start-ups, founders/teams, SMEs
Areas of interest: 
- Sustainable Discovery and Supply of primary and secondary resources (innovative solutions based for example on artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality etc.) for securing and processing strategic mineral resources in a sustainable and safe way and with a social license to operate.
- Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility (materials for electrification such as batteries, fuel cells, magnets; materials for lightweight design including steels, non-ferrous alloys, composites, multimaterials).
- Raw Materials and Circular Societies (new circular business models such as reuse, repair, remanufacturing, sharing economy).
Links: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/booster-call/

EIT Jumpstarter - [EIT Cross-KIC Activity]
Timelines: Opening Date - 09 Feb 21, Deadline - 15 Jun 21
Target Group: Early Stage Start-ups
Links: https://eithealth.eu/medtech-bootcamp/

Business Creation - Turning innovation into businesses - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: Opening Date - 19 Mar 21, Deadline - 18 May 21
Target Group: Incubators, accelerators, research centres, technology transfer organisations
Links: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BP2022-to-2024-First-Business-Creation-Call-2.pdf
https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/business-creation-call-for-proposals-2022/

Academy - Closing the knowledge gap - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: Opening Date - 19 Mar 21, Deadline – 18 May  21
Target Group: universities, professional and executive schools, and any other organisations targeting professionals, such as large urban mobility conference, fair organisers, sector/industry associations, digital learning agencies
Links: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BP2022-to-2024-First-Academy-Call-2.pdf
https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/academy-call-for-proposals-2022/

Academy - Closing the knowledge gap - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: Opening Date - 19 Mar 21, Deadline – 18 May  21
Target Group: universities, professional and executive schools, and any other organisations targeting professionals, such as large urban mobility conference, fair organisers, sector/industry associations, digital learning agencies
Links: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BP2022-to-2024-First-Academy-Call-2.pdf
https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/academy-call-for-proposals-2022/

Patient Innovation Bootcamp - [EIT Health]
Timelines: Opening Date - 25 Jun 21, Deadline – 15 Jun  21
Target Group: We invite organisations that are currently not members of our association. Individuals are not eligible.
Links: https://eithealth.eu/patient-innovation-bootcamp/

Higher Education Capacity Building Initiative - [EIT Cross-KIC]
Timelines: Opening Date - 24 Mar 21, Deadline – 25 May  21
Target Group: Higher Education Institutions; Public or private, small, medium or large enterprises; Research institutes; Public bodies at local, regional or national level; Intermediary organisations or associations which represent HEIs.
Links: https://www.eit-hei.eu/
https://www.eit-hei.eu/assets/pdf/hei-initiative-pilot-call-for-proposals.pdf

ETV Support - [EIT Cross-KIC]
Timelines: Opening Date - 01 Apr 21, Deadline – 31 May  21
Target Group: Start-ups and KICs partners
Links: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/eit-community-launches-cross-kic-circular-economy-calls/

Circular SMEs - [EIT Cross-KIC]

Timelines: Opening Date – 01 Apr 21, Deadline – 31 May  21
Target Group: KIC Partners
Links: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/eit-community-launches-cross-kic-circular-economy-calls/

Raw Materials and Circular Societies Prize - [EIT Raw Materials]
Timelines: Opening Date – 01 Apr 21, Deadline – 31 May  21
Target Group: Any stakeholder with interesting ideas
Links: https://eitrawmaterials.eu/raw-materials-and-circular-societies-prize/

Investor Network - [EIT Urban Mobility]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Investors, Start-ups
Links:  https://eithealth.eu/opportunity/the-investor-network/

Investor Network - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Investors, Start-ups
Links:  https://eithealth.eu/opportunity/the-investor-network/
 https://eithealth.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Investor-Network-Application-Guidelines-2020.pdf

Mentoring and Coaching Network - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Start-ups
Links:  https://eithealth.eu/opportunity/mentoring-and-coaching-network/

Gold Track - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Start-ups
Links:  https://eithealth.eu/goldtrack/

Disrupt - [EIT Health]
Timelines: All Year
Target Group: Coporates
Links:  https://eithealth.eu/opportunity/disrupt-me-corporate-innovation-journey/


INTERNATIONALISATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS SCHEME PLUS 2021 (IPAS+) CALL 1

Source of Funding:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is receiving proposals under the Internationalisation Partnership Awards Scheme Plus (IPAS+). The Scheme is divided into two options. Applicants are to fill in the appropriate sections of the form; they may select either Option A or Option B, or both:

Option A: opportunities for collaborative initiatives between Maltese entities and at least one foreign entity of proven track record of excellence. Proposals should describe the nature of the joint activities that would be funded through the Award. Applicants are to demonstrate how the proposed activities contribute towards and align with achieving the goals of the National R&I Strategy, and to describe the potential of any activities to become self-sustaining or generate longer-term outcomes.

Option B: opportunities for Maltese entities intending to submit a Horizon Europe proposal as the coordinator of the consortium to engage a service provider (local or foreign) who will be supporting the applicant through proposal writing and submission

Additional information can be found on website: http://mcst.gov.mt/ri-ipas-open-calls/ . Alternatively, interested parties may contact Mr. Mark Farrugia on 23602178 or 23602000.

Deadline: Friday 18th June 2021 at 11.30pm.


Infectious Diseases Programme 2021 Call

Source of Funding:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology would like to announce that the new FUSION R&I: Infectious Diseases Programme is now open.

This programme will support innovative projects under the theme of infectious diseases. The type of research applicable in this programme varies from basic to more applied types, where applicable this programme is also intended for Technology Readiness Levels 1 to 7.

More information on this funding opportunity, eligibility criteria, rules for participation and the application form can be found in the link below:

Contact us by email on ri.mcst@gov.mt for further information.


SINO-Malta Call 2021

Source of Funding:

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and the Ministry Of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China would like to announce that the SINO-MALTA Fund 2021 Joint Call for Project Proposals is now open. The SINO-MALTA Fund supports research, development, and innovation projects between Maltese and Chinese researchers.

MCST is committed to provide Internationalisation support to Malta-based researchers , by supporting the local research community in building its networks through collaborative opportunities such as the SINO-MALTA Fund.  The SINO-MALTA Fund was developed as a bilateral and collaborative programme between MCST and MOST to strengthen R&D activities, facilitate technology transfer, and maintain a comprehensive, steady, long-term cooperation.  

The SINO-MALTA 2021 Call Thematic Areas are:

  •  Digital Technologies
  •  Health Innovations
  •  Green Transitions.

Further information and application forms can be found on the below link:

The submission deadline for Stage 1/Pre-proposal has been extended by one day because of expected electrical interruptions on the 24th May 2021, which may cause disruptions.

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